Through the system, Canadians coast-to-coast can recycle almost anything — broken pen holders, empty lipstick tubes, old filing accessories, rusty lawn and garden equipment, party decorations, old lightbulbs, used coffee capsules and more — through TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Boxes, sold online.
How it works: Zero Waste Boxes are labeled either by stream (ex: batteries, light bulbs) or by room (ex: break room waste, bathroom waste). Consumers collect their waste according to the description and mail it to TerraCycle with the prepaid shipping label, already printed on each box.
From here, it’s sent to a processing plant to be recycled into benches, bicycle racks, watering cans and more.
Globally, TerraCycle has repurposed more than 2.5 billion pieces of food and beverage waste, office and school supply waste, e-waste and other hard to recycle items such as discarded cigarette filters.
In August, Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, partnered with Electronic Recyclers International to launch a service to make it easier for businesses to recycle old electronics.